15 Minutes: All You Need For A Mindful Morning

We all have different needs, our priorities look a little different, some of us don't have weekends off, and sometimes our schedules are all over the place. Since we are all magically different not only with our schedules, but also with our bodies, it would be hard for me to list exact steps you should take the moment you awake to make your morning as mindful as possible, because again, we're all different. Instead, allow me to lead you in a direction that makes you feel as if the power is in your hands. As my grandmother would say, you can lead a horse to the water but it's the horses decision to drink. I don't know, but I like it.

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The Herbal Approach to IBS + Food Intolerances

First and foremost, the herbal approach is more than herbs and this will be important as you continue to manage your IBS and Food Intolerance symptoms. When practicing herbalism the biggest compliment to the herbs start with a healthy lifestyle practice, but that can feel confusing when you struggle with food intolerance especially because if you are in anything like me you are unable to eat avocados, quinoa, asparagus, walnuts, and pineapple.. healthy stuff!

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Herbal Medicine: Electuary Pastilles

Herbal pastilles are one of the easiest ways to take in the medicinal value of herbs. I'd say it's right up there with tisane infusions and tinctures. Electuary's are made up of only two ingredients. Yes, two. Well okay unless you decide to do an herbal blend but it's really just honey and your powdered herbs. Electuary in its truest form is a silky paste typically kept in a jar and used by scooping out a gollop and either consuming it directly or stirring it right into a warm drink. This type of herbal concoction has more honey than it does herbs, hince the silky consistency. On the other hand, you can create the exact same thing but instead of more honey it's more herbs and it creates a dough like consistency and you can then roll it into little pastilles. Electuary's are extremely fun, simple, delicious and popular with kids. Especially if you have a hard time getting them to take a glycerite tincture

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Understanding Our Health By Looking At Our Tongue

Our mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria from poor oral hygiene and undigested food that sits on the tongue after a meal. This is considered ama, or toxins. Most of us pay zero attention to our tongues, because why would you want to look at a slimy muscle right? The truth is, that muscle holds wisdom to our health, especially our digestive health. When we brush our teeth we don't pay any attention to our tongues or when we do, we simply brush over it with the bristles of our toothbrush and we think that we did our part in keeping our oral hygiene on track. Unfortunately, that is not enough.

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Yoni Steaming: Caring For Our Vulva With Herbs

As a woman, we are complex and fascinating creatures. Not complex as in that stereotypical high maintenance characteristic, but as in we are able to bleed with the phases of the moon, we are able to create life inside of us and expand our hips to give birth, we are able to create milk within our breasts to feed our young, and our bodies are able to create natural medicine for a sick child. It's all beautiful, magical and everything in between. Being and becoming a woman is a magical phenomenon, but with all of this power, there's a lot of imbalances that can occur.

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Herbal Medicine: Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are one of, if not the mother of all ways to receive a long-lasting and effective gift from a plant. A tincture is a type of preparation that goes beyond using solvents like water, honey or oil. Instead, tinctures are created with alcohol, glycerin or apple cider vinegar and is prepared for the purpose of ingesting and is mostly targeted as a herbal medicine. 

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The Healing Herbal Tonic, Golden Milk

Besides being great externally, turmeric is my favorite to use internally. I make my own turmeric pill capsules, and I will take one 500mg turmeric capsule a day to calm down my IBS and food intolerance symptoms. Turmeric is considered a carminative herb, and carminative herbs relieve intestinal gas, pain and distention. They will also settle digestion, dispel accumulating Ama in the gastrointestinal tract, and keep your digestive system moving with ease. Not only that, it's one of the very few herbs that work with all of the tissues within your body because it's a natural antibiotic, and it improves the intestinal flora.

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Essential Oil Safety: Using With Confidence

Thanks to scientific studies, we know just a little bit more about plants and plant safety more than we did back then. Although, it's no secret that we still have a lot to learn. Let me ask you something- have you ever felt worried about a product that you bought at your local drug store or grocery, then wondered if it was truly the safest thing for you and your family? I know I have, and that's no fault to you. We live in a society where a lot of things are out of our hands, and we are just now starting to learn that we need to put ourselves in the middle and ask more questions.

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Bulgarian Rose Water

What if I told you Bulgarian Rose has the highest vibrating floral substance known to mankind? Would you believe me? You should!The oil in the flower vibrates at about 320 megahertz, and a healthy human body vibrates at only 60 to 80 megahertz. When the human body falls under 60 megahertz, that is when we will typically suffer from colds, anxiety or depression. Keeping your vibrations, or frequency high, is a great way to have a healthy and balanced body.

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